What Does It Take to Keep The Weight Off?

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Weight maintenance is not easy and many of us feel that it is a harder task than losing weight. But there are strategies for keeping the weight off and it is helpful to know what has worked for others. Think of these strategies as tools in a well-stocked toolkit for successful weight control.

What Does It Take to Keep The Weight Off?

Weight maintenance is not easy and many of us feel that it is a harder task than losing weight. But there are strategies for keeping the weight off and it is helpful to know what has worked for others. Think of these strategies as tools in a well-stocked toolkit for successful weight control.

This post is a brief review of the important findings of the National Weight Control Registry – information was obtained from their website as well as from an article coauthored by one of the registry researchers in 2009. The majority of the 10,000+ participants are white (95%) and female (80%) – so the registry is in great need of a more diverse participation. To enroll, participants must be at least 18 years old, have lost at least 30 lbs, and have kept off the weight for one year or longer. Please consider enrolling and help expand the dataset! Here is the link to enroll: http://www.nwcronline.com/join.aspx.

Eating Habits

Self-Monitoring Habits

Physical Activity

Exercise daily. 90% exercise about 1-hour daily. Less TV. 62% watch less than 10 hours of TV per week. As of 2009, Americans watch an average of 28 hours a week.

Weight Regain

The highest risk for weight regain is within the first 2-years of weight maintenance. In the registry, weight regain was found to be related to:

If those red flags look familiar to you, then take time to resolve those issues if you want to keep the weight off once you lose it. Sometimes we need professional help to move past a lifetime of hurdles related to eating and weight. Please consider getting the help and support that you need to achieve and maintain your weight goals.

Resources

Katherine Isacks, MPS, RD, CDE. Weight Maintenance at MyNetDiary.

J. Graham Thomas, MS and Rena R. Wing, Ph.D. Maintenance of Long-Term Weight Loss. Medicine & Health/Rhode Island. 2009; 92(2): 53-57. The data reported in this article is a few years behind the website, but it is still a great review of the data from the National Weight Control Registry.

Weight Maintenance->Behavior
Nov 13, 2012
Katherine Isacks
Katherine Isacks, MPS, RDN, CDE - Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)

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